Thursday, 29 September 2016

Somerset House - October: Last chance to catch Björk Digital, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and more highlights

What's On at Summer House Oct 2016 © Jeff Knowles
Björk Digital
Until 23 October 2016
New Wing
Join us for Björk Digital, an immersive exhibition of digital, video and virtual reality works from Icelandic icon Björk. Including the ground breaking films Black LakeMouth Mantra VRStonemilker VRand Notget VR, the exhibition showcases Björk's work with some of the world’s finest visual artists and programmers. This European premiere includes never-before-seen work.

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We've joined up with REWIND:VR to present three special events with key speakers from the world of virtual reality including a FREE networking event for women working in VR. > Book now
Björk Digital
Boris Nzebo Ne Tirez Pas, 2016 Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
6-9 October 2016
West, East and South Wings
1:54 is the leading international art fair dedicated to promoting contemporary African and African diaspora art. Its title refers to the 54 countries that make up the African continent, and for its fourth London edition at Somerset House there’s an expanded programme of exhibitions, special projects and an artists' talks programme featuring panel discussions and debates.

Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali
From 6 October 2016
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
Somerset House and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, in collaboration with MAGNIN-A Gallery, Paris, present Malick Sidibé’s first major solo show in the UK. Organised around three themes, the exhibition presents a selection of the late Malian photographer’s iconic original prints from the 1960s and 1970s, capturing the energy and exuberance of this young, newly independent nation during an era of significant social and cultural change.
Malick Sidibé, Dansez le Twist, 1965 © Malick Sidibé, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
Hair by Sam McKnight. Image © Nick Knight
Hair by Sam McKnight
From 2 November 2016
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Book now for our major winter exhibition looking at the remarkable career of hair stylist Sam McKnight. Over the last forty years, Sam has been instrumental in creating the most iconic images of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Princess Diana, among many others. This exhibition will be the first to contextualise the cultural significance of hair and the key role of the session stylist within fashion.

Paths to Utopia
Until 2 October 2016
Inigo Rooms, East Wing, King's College London
Paths to Utopia is a collection of new art works resulting from collaborations between artists, performers, technologists and King’s College London academics. Encounter whales, step into the housing crisis and witness the ubiquitous, transcendental pursuit of creativity. Part of Utopia 2016.

Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement
From 20 October 2016
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
By 1900, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was considered France’s greatest living artist. In the mid-1890s his practice moved away from producing bronzes and marbles and took a more intimate turn, as he developed his long-term passion for capturing expressive movement. This is the first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies, explored in a series of experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements.

Museums at Night 2016 Druids in the Deadhouse
28 October 2016
As winners of the Museums at Night 2016 Connect! competition, Somerset House is hosting a series of events inspired and programmed by artist Bedwyr Williams. The events re-imagine an alternative reality where post-Neolithic druids live on, conducting their chants, traditions and rituals in modern day London. Expect stand-up comedy, pagan cocktails, heathen nibbles and non-lethal human sacrifice accompanied by flowing robes and fake beards.

Learning & Events
This October we host a pair of Wildlife Drawing Workshops with special seasonal subjects. A Halloween Special welcomes wolf look-a-likes and there’s a Druidic folklore event with hawks, owls and snakes to coincide with our Druids in the Deadhouse evening. Look out too for more visions of Utopia with Guardian Live talks, a courtyard reading and the remarkable story of naked mole rats.